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From San Juan Capistrano, California, USA:

Is there any controversy surrounding giving Lispro to a six year old? If so, what is it?


Lispro insulin [Humalog®] is not yet officially approved for use in children under the age of 12. It has been used in studies in very young children and since general release, has been used in practice by many physicians. More involved safety testing is required to get approval for use in children than in adults. I am not aware of any problems in children compared to adults and it is not unapproved for use in children. Because of the extra time and money required to get approval for use of medicines in children, there are many medicines used today to treat children which are not formally approved for use in children. It is up to individual physicians to decides if they feel it is appropriate to prescribe these medicines in children.


[Editor's comment: We have answered numerous questions about lispro insulin previously; also, we have received specific comments from a researcher/pediatrician who was involved in some of the studies. WWQ]

Original posting 20 Dec 96


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